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Don’t Get Caught Mezcalin’ Around, Giddy Up to Greenpoint for an Agave-Soaked BBQ

Esme, Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Esme, Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Any discerning boozehound knows that tequila is sooo 2006– the alcoholic drink du jour is tequila’s smokier, sexier cousin: mezcal. And while United Staters’ newfound taste for the spirit may be killing off the very plant that makes it (agave takes a long time to grow– one of the easier varieties reaches maturity after a decade and even then only yields approximately ten bottles), mezcal’s popularity only seems to be picking up. That means that, nowadays, any self-respecting bartender will have a mezcal cocktail or two up their sleeve, mezcal old fashioneds are pretty much standard, and a bar can’t be called complete without at least one bottle of the stuff on-shelf.

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Esme Brings Tap Cocktails and Outdoor Dining to Greenpoint

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“How’d you find out about us?” Brandon Chamberlain wondered. After all, the new restaurant he owns along with Matt and Nathan Ricke (with whom he also shares a bar in Williamsburg, The Exley) had its soft opening on Tuesday with little fanfare.
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